London Free & Dirt Cheap, 1st edition, offers the latest information from the days and times of free admission to museums and other cultural institutions, to detailed information on the cheapest places to stay, to eat, and how and where to find discounts. Free music, readings, theatre, films and classes are available if you know where to look. This guide will offer readers a multitude of choices, insider's knowledge, local short-cuts and tips to maximise their time in the city. From North to South London and along the river, this guide will explore shopping, eating, drinking, museums, theatre, monuments, readings, classes, gigs, parks and playgrounds, film, sport and much more to give visitors the inside track on getting the most for their buck. For residents, this guide will open up their doorstep to help them explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the city and how to keep their wallet firmly in their pocket.* Best Entertainment: bars, music, theatre, film, shows, outdoor entertainment.* Best Cheap Eats from Bring-Your-Own restaurants to bar snacks & cafe grub.* Best Shopping including markets and dirt cheap shopping zones.*
Best Exploring from walks, parks and chateaux to forests and playgrounds.* Best Key Sites from museums and monuments to tours and cruises.* Best for Like a local: haggling, classes, readings and sport.* Best Living.* Best Resources.
Table of Contents
List of Maps. The Best Things in Life are Free. 1. The Best of Free & Dirt Cheap London. 1. Best Cheap Sleeps. 2. Best Cheap Eats. 3. Best Exploring for Free. 4. Best Cheap London Living. 5. Best Shopping Deals. 6. Best Entertainment & Nightlife. 2. Cheap Sleeps. 1. Inn for a Penny-Hotels & B & Bs. 2. Cheap Chains. 3. Flat Rate-Apartment Rental Agencies. 4. Camp Sites. 5. Home, Cheap Home. 6. University Halls of Residence. 7. Home Swap Agencies. 3. Cheap Eats. 1. Soho, Piccadilly & Chinatown. 2. Marylebone & Mayfair. 3. Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia. 4. Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square & The Strand. 5. The City. 6. South Bank & Bankside. 7. Victoria, Westminster Pimlico. 8. North London. 9. East London. 10. South London. 11. West London. 12. Street Market Food. 4. Exploring London. 1. The Collection Selection. 2. Landmarks & Monuments. 3. Free Galleries (plus a few others). 4. Cool Buildings: Religious & Other. 5. Park Life. 6. City Farms. 7. Walks & Tours. 8. London's Best Complimentary Vistas. 5. Local Living. 1. Talk Is Cheap: Lectures, Talks & Readings. 2. Cut-Price Classes: Learn How To... 3. Libraries. 4. Beauty & Wellness. 5. Low Rent: Housing Resources. 6. Sport & Recreation. 6. Shopping. 1. Haggle Time: London's Markets. 2. Car Boot Sales. 3. Charity Shops. 4. Dirt Cheap Shopping A to Z. 7. Entertainment & Nightlife. 1. Live Music. 2. Classical Music. 3. Theatre. 4. Cinema. 5. Comedy. 6. Spoken Word: Readings & Recitals. 7. Pubs & Bars. 9. Cabaret. 10. Spectator Sports. 8. Free & Dirt Cheap Itineraries. Itinerary 1: A South Bank Stroll. Itinerary 2: A West End Wander. Itinerary 3: A Fiery Sojourn, from Pudding Lane to Pye Corner. Itinerary 4: A Sunday Market Meander. 9. London Basics from A to Z. 1. Information Central. 2. Getting to London. 3. Getting Around London (Cheaply). 4. London Resources A to Z. Index.
Like his parents and his parents' parents, Joe Fullman has been a London resident and bargain-hunter all his life, even if these days he lives in a slightly less central postcode than his forbears (but then he does pay a bargain rent). He occasionally leaves the city, however, to pursue his main job as a travel writer. During his 12 years in the business, he has written for most of the major guidebook publishers, including Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, AA, Cadogan and, of course, Frommer's. He is the author of guides to England, Berlin, Venice, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, Belize and Seville and has contributed to guides to Paris, Italy, Turkey, Central America and the Caribbean.